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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

USS Helena Drydocks In San Diego

Navy News has a couple of pictures of USS Helena (SSN 725) drydocking on Arco (ARDM 5) at Ballast Point yesterday. The first picture shows Helena coming into dock, while the second one displays one of the dirty little secrets of submarining -- radioactive hair growth on subs:

Let's take a closer look, shall we?

As well as evidence of recent work with the controversial B1rD system near the #1 MBT vents, look at the waterline: the dreaded "green green grass of foam", evidence of continued radioactive experiments by U.S. Navy submarines. What else could cause such a horrendous growth?

Seriously, though, one of my favorite stories about the "green fur" was from one day inport on the good ship Topeka when we decided to clean some of the sea growth off the waterline. I was ship's duty officer, so I was up topside watching the LELT hanging over the side to clean the moss away from the port side, aft of the aft escape trunk (you know what I'm talking about). The Corpsman comes ambling along as we're hauling the LELT up the side, covered in seaweed (the LELT, not the MDR), and Doc asks, "Did you do all the required surveys first?" I somehow was able to keep a straight face and say, "Oh, jeez, we forgot. Do you think that's a problem?" Doc started going ape-shit, until the ELT who was holding the safety line lost it and started laughing. I think the Doc would have actually got the decon station set up if we hadn't stopped him; I would have had to put a guard on him to make sure he didn't call anyone, though...

Going deep...


Blogger Subsunk said...

Oho, so you are one of those types of practical jokers. I'm shocked, shocked that you would allow the Doc to go off on a tirade.

Good job.

My Doc gave us many wonderful hours of fun and frolic throughout his tour. Imagine the kind of guy he was when I had A gangers and Nuke Mechanics come up to me after his VD/Athletic injuries/accident prevention lecture one day and ask me if I couldn't get the Doc to "tone down his language a bit, please. It offends me". Riigghhttt?

A mechanic offended by four letter words?

Seriously, my Doc was one of a kind. One of the funniest men I ever knew. And crusty as a lobster. He eventually became CMC at NSSF New London, and a better CMC there wasn't.

Have a great day, bubblehead.


1/12/2006 4:24 AM

Anonymous Brad said...

Does the "beard" affect the sub's acoustic signature?

1/12/2006 8:44 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

No, but it does affect the speed...

1/12/2006 9:10 PM

Blogger ninme said...

That thing looks like the north facing edge of my balcony ledge. It's been raining here for 25 days straight, now. Isn't it wonderful?

Wouldn't it be embarrassing if that thing had picked up some rare kind of seaweed that your average submariner wouldn't notice but a botanist would, and could pinpoint exactly what depths that submarine was lurking in? Especially if those depths weren't supposed to be lurked in?

1/12/2006 11:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets say that the submarine, due to its long and lustful beard attracted an endangered species...

1/15/2006 1:46 PM


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